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Measured by R&D expenditures per employee, the U.S. biopharmaceutical sector leads all other U.S. manufacturing industries, investing more than ten times the amount of R&D per employee than the average U.S. manufacturing industry.

The Brazilian government must introduce policy reforms that will spur domestic innovation and entrepreneurship. A key area of focus should be the nation's outdated patent system. Currently it takes 5 to 8 years to be granted a patent in Brazil compared to an average of 3 years in the United States.

On average, the U.S. Treasury collects about $11 billion annually from oil and gas drilling on public lands; the majority of revenue, $6.6 billion in FY2012, comes from offshore leases. The United States must increase federal investment in critical energy innovation programs to drive down the cost of clean energy. ITIF proposes a potentially bipartisan solution: Congress can generate $1...

European growth lags U.S. growth, both before and after the Great Recession. Since 1996, productivity growth in the European Union has been 33% lower than the United States according to a recent survey by The Conference Board . A key reason is lower...

 

High skill immigration is a key driver of innovation and business development, which promotes economic and job growth. Congress must pass a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes new policies to promote high skill immigration.
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 Over 96 percent of American households have access to wired broadband. This fact by The National Broadband Map defies a widespread misconception. The common storyline surrounding American broadband, which argues the U.S. is behind Europe in speed, deployment and...

In 2009, basic research was about 19% ($76 billion) of total U.S. R&D performance. According to the National Science Board, U.S. R&D is dominated by development activities, largely performed by the business sector. The business sector also performs the majority of applied research, but most basic research is conducted at universities and colleges and funded by the federal government....

Akamai found that in the fourth quarter of 2012, average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network providers ranged from a high of 8 mbps down to 345 kbps. average peak connection speeds for the quarter ranged from 44 mbps down to 2.7 mbps. based on data collected by Ericsson, the volume of mobile data traffic grew 28% between the third and fourth quarter of 2012, and doubled from the...

Productivity growth in the world's developed economies since 2000 has been slower than in developing economies, according to the National Science Board. Faster productivity growth is critical as these nations cope with increasing numbers of retirees. And innovation, including the development and adoption of new technologies, is critical in spurring productivity. And, in contrast to what the...

The number of students enrolling in at least one class online has steadily increased by thousands of students each year since 2002. This is important because the U.S. government spends an average of $800 billion on education, and online courses could be an important coast cutting measure. As technology continues to improve and become more affordable, it is predictable that education...